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Spiritual Care Coordinator/Chaplain PRN - Auburn

Company: Covenant Hospice
Location: Auburn
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Why Covenant Care?

Are you a Healthcare Warrior? Want a competitive, engaging job with great perks? Want a seat at the table to discuss strategy? Want to see your ideas put into action? Then you want to look closely at a career with Covenant Care.

Covenant Care is one of the largest non-profit providers of home health, hospice, memory, palliative and private duty care in the regions we serve. Our collaborative team of more than 600 physicians, nurses, aides, therapists and professional staff and volunteers serve patients and families in communities throughout Florida and Alabama. For more information, visit, or visit us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Ready to join our family?

Our teammates enjoy a supportive environment and flexible schedule with advancement opportunities. Covenant Care's engaging culture is founded upon mutual respect and trust. A place where employees feel valued and patients and residents feel the service is extraordinary. We recognize and celebrate the value of each teammate's unique contributions and encourage a sense of ownership, sharing our mission with patients, families and our communities.

Position Summary:

The Spiritual Support Chaplain is responsible for Spiritual Community outreach and clergy counseling service. He/she will establish and maintain working relationships with the other disciplines, employees, families, and in particular community agencies. He/she will be available to compliment the patient/family clergy when appropriate but may become primary clergy if patient/family has such a need. He/she will make business development visits to area communities and providers to give education on Covenant Care, Grief and Counseling options available. Responsible for providing bereavement services to grieving individuals through individual and group support, home visits, personal telephone and mail contact, grief workshops or seminars, resource information, and referrals to other agencies.


Be an ordained minister in good standing with his or her denomination. Possess a Master of Divinity Degree from an accredited seminary, or a document that certifies that he or she has completed formal training in his or her religious or belief system and is qualified to perform pastoral services with five (5) years of pastoral experience. Previous experience in counseling with pediatrics and adults in the grief process. Previous sales experience is not required but would be a positive asset to the position. He or she should be able to function independently with flexibility and personal integrity. He or she must have an understanding and openness to all belief systems. Must be knowledgeable in areas of death, dying, grief and loss issues, group facilitation and public speaking. Experience in working with terminally ill patients and bereaved families is preferred. Must possess valid Florida and/or Alabama driver's license and current automobile insurance and insurability under the company liability insurance are required.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Demonstrates understanding of grief issues and needs and end of life care planning.

Demonstrates good assessment skills in spiritual assessment and in planning spiritual care. Assesses spiritual needs of patient/family unit as requested. Evaluates presence of supportive spiritual network and identifies unmet spiritual needs. Assesses adjustment to illness. Assist patients/families with funeral planning. Demonstrates understanding of the spiritual and bereavement aspects of the terminally ill patient/family. Demonstrates knowledge of and respect for different faith systems. Identifies and addresses spiritual distress and intervenes appropriately.

Demonstrates knowledge of and displays good intervention skills regarding spiritual aspects of hospice care.

Demonstrates sensitivity to issues of diversity (cultural, sexual, age, and lifestyle (etc.).

The Spiritual Care Counselor while representing Covenant Care in public will provide speeches and prayers that are non-sectarian and interfaith in content. Exceptions to this rule will be limited to funerals, memorial services and clinical interventions that are requested by the patient/family.

Displays ability to communicate well in sensitive areas. Develops, organizes, and facilitates bereavement support groups. Plans, organizes and facilitates Remembrance Celebrations and other special programs.

Demonstrates understanding of medical and terminal illness, including related symptomatology and procedures.

Able to explain Standard Precautions and other relevant infection control techniques. Able to discuss pain and symptom control.

Participates in the IDG and acts as a support/resource person to team members.

Advises and consults with nurses, clergy, hospice volunteers, and other related

Documentation reflects and supports the care plan. The care plan is updated as changes occur to the patients condition in a timely manner and communicated to other members of the team via IDG.

Serves as liaison to community churches, clergy, and religious organizations and makes referrals to appropriate organizations on behalf of the patient and family.

Possesses thorough understanding of contract care to provide Spiritual Care Counselor services for patients/families in hospitals, nursing homes, and adult living facilities.

Completes all documentation in a timely manner.

Collaborates with team members to establish initial Interdisciplinary Group Plan of Care. Collaborates with business development in ways to integrate Covenant Care Completes the Spiritual Care Counselor progress note within 48 hours of visit or telephone contact.

Assumes primary responsibility for own professional development.

Completes orientation activities within the 90-day probation period. Provides Human Resources with copy of ordination certificate and appropriate diplomas. Updates skills through participation in seminars, workshops, etc. Attends staff meetings. Participates in volunteer training and community education activities as requested. Assists in the review and development of hospice policies in regard to Spiritual Care Counselor services. Promotes a positive image of Covenant Care throughout the community.

Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Regional Director of Operations.

Required to comply with all Covenant Hospice Policies, Procedures and Personnel Policies, including those specifically addressing disaster preparedness and response.

Documents to the patient's terminality, and establishes and maintains the care plan for spiritual support services. This applies to determinations and consultations with members of the IDG, including the Attending Physician or Hospice physician, in all circumstances in which the level of care is to be assigned as Short-term Inpatient Care or Continuous Care, and includes all actions required in Covenant's policies and procedures regarding the placement or removal of a patient from those categories of care.

As a member of the Interdisciplinary Group, is responsible for documenting the level of care status of patients, and in particular, inpatient level of care, to ensure the patient is appropriate and meets the criteria for short-term care needed to manage pain and symptoms in an inpatient facility. This responsibility includes appropriate management and documentation with the patient's change in status either to short-term inpatient care or removed from that status, and all monitoring of the care during the inpatient period. This same requirement applies to management and documentation of patients who are placed on a Continuous Care level of care. Strict compliance with all rules and regulations, including Covenant Hospice's policies and procedures, is required.

Works effectively with volunteer and business development services to identify patient/family needs that can be met by volunteers; offers volunteer services to patients and families, as needed, throughout their length of stay; requests volunteer services to meet identified needs; documents volunteer interventions in the Plan of Care.

Special Demands/Physical Requirements:

This position may sometimes require light/medium lifting. This position is also mentally demanding because of the continual need for interaction of patents and families. In addition, this position requires considerable time traveling in a motor vehicle in connection with performing essential functions of position.

Contact the Human Resources Department at 850.365.9659 for more information. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Keywords: Covenant Hospice, Auburn , Spiritual Care Coordinator/Chaplain PRN - Auburn, Other , Auburn, Alabama

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